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Local Rec Rules

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LOCAL LEAGUE RECREATIONAL PLAY RULE AMENDMENTS

As permitted by USA Softball, Local League Rules are adopted by the Local League Board of Directors for recreational play. They are intended to address specific needs created by local conditions. Field space, time constraints, player participation and safety requirements are the only issues covered by these local rules. Official Regulations and Playing Rules not amended by Local League Rules will be as stated in the current USA Softball Championship Play Rule Book. It is mandatory that all managers and coaches familiarize themselves with these rules and adhere to them at all times.
It is extremely important that individual/team competition not be promoted as the criteria for success. The objectives each manager or coach should strive for are quite simple:

1. TEACH AND REINFORCE FUNDAMENTALS.
2. PROVIDE A SAFE AND WHOLESOME ATMOSPHERE FOR PRACTICE AND
GAMES.
3. INTRODUCE COMPETITION WITH EMPHASIS ON SPORTSMANSHIP/FAIR PLAY.
4. ENSURE ALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATE AND HAVE FUN!!!!

T-BALL

TIME LIMITS for TEE-BALL GAMES: No new inning after 1 hour and 15 minutes; current inning must be completed. In the event that 2 games are scheduled on a week night on the same field, a drop-dead time of 1 hour 30 minutes will apply.

1. Face masks are required on all batting helmets for player safety.
2. Bunting and half-swings are not permitted; batter must take a full swing through the ball.
3. Any ball hit at least 15 feet off the tee which stays on or within the foul lines before passing first
or third base will be a fair ball.
4. There will be no protests in Tee-ball division.
5. There will be no score kept in Tee-ball division.
6. Offensive team will bat through the entire roster each inning, prior to changing to Defense.
7. In the event that a team has less than 9 players present, players from both teams will be
distributed to allow play.
8. All players present will take a position in the filed during Defense. The maximum number of
payers positioned in the infield shall be six (6). These 6 players will assume a regular infield
position (except the catcher who shall be positioned beside the pitcher’s mound).
9. Players MUST be rotated through field positions every inning. Every child should be given the
opportunity to play an infield and outfield position each game.
10. Outfielders must be on the grass until a batted ball is put into play.
11. No stealing will be permitted.
12. Once the pitcher has possession of the ball and has at least one foot in the circle, all play by the
Offense must end.
13. One base will be allowed on an overthrow to any infielder, but only forced runners may advance.
Dropped balls do not constitute an overthrow.
14. Each team may have 3 adults on the field while playing Defense. At least 1 adult volunteer must
remain in the dugout at all times.
15. ALL ADULTS ON THE FIELD OR IN THE DUGOUT DURING GAMES OR PRACTICES
MUST BE BOARD OF DIRECTOR APPROVED VOLUNTEERS.
16. The Board of Directors will do their best to reschedule games canceled due to weather and
suspended games. Suspended games will have priority over rain-outs.
17. Each manager is responsible for the care of their dugout. Disciplinary action may be taken by the
Board of Directors for any team/manager who does not clear their dugout, pitching or batting area
of trash, etc.

COACH PITCH (8U)

TIME LIMIT for COACH PITCH (8U) GAMES: No new inning after 1 hour 30 minutes; current inning must be completed. In the event that 2 games are scheduled on a week night on the same field, a drop-dead time of 1 hour 45 minutes will apply.

1. Face masks are required on all batting helmets for player safety.
2. This division will be Coach-Pitch for the entire season.
3. First time through the batting order, every player will hit off of a tee. Each additional time
through the batting order will be Coach-Pitch.
4. Coaches who are in the pitching circle are permitted to communicate with offensive players, but
NOT after the ball is released.
5. During Coach-Pitch:
a. Each batter will receive 5 pitches.
b. There will be no walks.
c. Strikes will be counted by the umpire.
d. If after 5 pitches the batter does not reach base successfully with a hit, the batter is out.
e. Foul ball does not count as the 5 th and final pitch.
6. Adult courtesy catchers are permitted.
7. Managers/Coaches may pitch from a minimum of 33 feet and a maximum of 35 feet, with both
feet remaining inside circle at all times.
8. A five run rule per half inning shall be in effect. A half inning occurs when the 3rd out is made or
the 5th run is scored, whichever comes first.
9. Offensive players must be rotated in positions and as starters. No player can play the same
position more than 2 innings per game. All players must play an infield position at least one full
inning per game.
10. Outfielders must be on the grass until a batted ball is put into play.
11. Defensive players must be substituted each inning. No player can sit for more than 1 consecutive
inning. No player may be substituted more than once until each player has been substituted once.
12. Offensive team will bat all players on the roster in order each inning until 5 runs or 3 outs are
made.
13. Steals are not allowed. Runners may advance one base on an overthrow from any fielder making
a play on a runner or batter/runner. A runner may not advance if player pitcher has possession of
the ball and at least one foot inside the circle.
14. Each team may have 1 adult volunteer in the outfield while playing Defense. At least 1 adult
volunteer must remain in the dugout at all times.
15. ALL ADULTS ON THE FIELD OR IN THE DUGOUT DURING GAMES OR PRACTICES
MUST BE BOARD OF DIRECTOR APPROVED VOLUNTEERS.
16. The Board of Directors will do their best to reschedule games canceled due to weather and
suspended games. Suspended games will have priority over rain-outs.
17. Each manager is responsible for the care of their dugout. Disciplinary action may be taken by the
Board of Directors for any team/manager who does not clear their dugout, pitching or batting area
of trash, etc.

10U Division

TIME LIMIT for 10U GAMES: No new inning after 1 hour 30 min; must complete current inning. EXCEPTION: Minimum of 4 innings MUST be completed.

1. Face masks are required on all batting helmets for player safety.
2. 10U will be Player-Pitch for the entire season.
3. Pitchers can pitch from a distance 33 feet for the first 4 weeks of the season, unless a specific
player is deemed a safety concern by the umpire. After 4 weeks, all players must pitch at the
regulation distance of 35 feet.
4. Each player will be limited to pitching 3 complete innings (or 9 defensive outs) per calendar
week. (Pitching log must be maintained)
5. The Manager MUST ensure that EVERY player completes a minimum of 6 defensive outs and 1
at-bat per game. No player can sit for more than 2 consecutive innings.
6. If a game is shortened due to weather or other rule, a player that has not completed the above
stated play requirement MUST start the next game, complete their play deficit from the previous
game, AND meet their mandatory play for current game.
7. A five run rule per half inning shall be in effect. A half inning occurs when the 3rd out is made or
the 5th run is scored, whichever comes first.
8. Offensive team will bat all players on the roster in order each inning until 5 runs or 3 outs are
made.
9. If the pitcher has possession of the ball within the pitcher’s circle and is not making a play,
runners not in contact with their bases must immediately attempt to advance or return to the base
to which the runner is entitled. Penalty: dead ball, the runner is out.
10. Defensive players must be substituted each inning. No player can sit for more than 1 consecutive
inning. No player may be substituted more than once until each player has been substituted once.
11. Runners may advance on pass ball. Steals are allowed. Runners may advance one base on an
overthrow from any fielder making a play on a runner or batter/runner.
12. ALL ADULTS ON THE FIELD OR IN THE DUGOUT DURING GAMES OR PRACTICES
MUST BE BOARD OF DIRECTOR APPROVED VOLUNTEERS.
13. The Board of Directors will do their best to reschedule games canceled due to weather and
suspended games. Suspended games will have priority over rain-outs.
14. If a games is suspended by rule, the managers of both teams MUST sign the official scorebook.
They will confirm the status of all runners, batters, pitchers and the score at the moment of
suspension. Failure to comply with this directive may result in disciplinary action against the
offending manager(s).
15. You may only start a new inning if there is time remaining on the clock and you MUST complete
that inning. No NEW inning will start after time has expired, therefore games may end in a tie.
16. Home team will always be listed second on the schedule. The Home team will provide one adult
volunteer to maintain the official scorebook (a scorekeeper).
17. Visiting team will always be listed first on the schedule. The Visiting team will provide one adult
volunteer to operate scoreboard.
18. Each manager is responsible for the care of their dugout. Disciplinary action may be taken by the
Board of Directors for any team/manager who does not clear their dugout, pitching or batting area
of trash, etc.

12U Division

TIME LIMIT for 12U GAMES: No new inning after 2 hours; current inning must be completed. EXCEPTION: Games must reach regulation length of 4 innings.

1. Face masks are required on all batting helmets for player safety.
2. The Manager MUST ensure that EVERY player completes a minimum of 6 defensive outs and 1
at-bat per game. No player can sit for more than 2 consecutive innings.
3. If a game is shortened due to weather or other rule, a player that has not completed the above
stated play requirement MUST start the next game, complete their play deficit from the previous
game, AND meet their mandatory play for current game.
4. The Board of Directors will do their best to reschedule games canceled due to weather and
suspended games. Suspended games will have priority over rain-outs.
5. If a games is suspended by rule, the managers of both teams MUST sign the official scorebook.
They will confirm the status of all runners, batters, pitchers and the score at the moment of
suspension. Failure to comply with this directive may result in disciplinary action against the
offending manager(s).
6. Home team will always be listed second on the schedule. The Home team will provide one adult
volunteer to maintain the official scorebook (a scorekeeper).
7. Visiting team will always be listed first on the schedule. The Visiting team will provide one adult
volunteer to operate scoreboard.
8. Each manager is responsible for the care of their dugout. Disciplinary action may be taken by the
Board of Directors for any team/manager who does not clear their dugout, pitching or batting area
of trash, etc.
9. A five run rule per half inning shall be in effect. A half inning occurs when the 3rd out is made or
the 5th run is scored, whichever comes first. The five run rule is lifted in the final inning of the game. The final inning is defined as the last full playable inning whether by reaching the 6th inning or dictated by time.
10. Teams are not permitted to utilize a continuous batting order. Batting lineups must consist of only 9 players.

13+ Division

TIME LIMIT for 13+ GAMES: No new inning after 2 hours; current inning must be completed. EXCEPTION: Games must reach regulation length of 5 innings.

1. Face masks are required on all batting helmets for player safety.
2. The Manager MUST ensure that EVERY player completes a minimum of 6 defensive outs and 1
at-bat per game. No player can sit for more than 2 consecutive innings.
3. If a game is shortened due to weather or other rule, a player that has not completed the above
stated play requirement MUST start the next game, complete their play deficit from the previous
game, AND meet their mandatory play for current game.
4. The Board of Directors will do their best to reschedule games canceled due to weather and
suspended games. Suspended games will have priority over rain-outs.
5. If a games is suspended by rule, the managers of both teams MUST sign the official scorebook.
They will confirm the status of all runners, batters, pitchers and the score at the moment of
suspension. Failure to comply with this directive may result in disciplinary action against the
offending manager(s).
6. Home team will always be listed second on the schedule. The Home team will provide one adult
volunteer to maintain the official scorebook (a scorekeeper).
7. Visiting team will always be listed first on the schedule. The Visiting team will provide one adult
volunteer to operate scoreboard.
8. Each manager is responsible for the care of their dugout. Disciplinary action may be taken by the
Board of Directors for any team/manager who does not clear their dugout, pitching or batting area
of trash, etc.
9. A five run rule per half inning shall be in effect. A half inning occurs when the 3rd out is made or
the 5th run is scored, whichever comes first. The five run rule is lifted in the final inning of the game. The final inning is defined as the last playable inning whether by reaching the 7th inning or dictated by time.
10. Teams are not permitted to utilize a continuous batting order. Batting lineups must consist of only 9 players.
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